The AgPro podcast recently asked three professionals, ”How is interdisciplinary training preparing consultants for today’s agronomic challenges?”
Justin McMechan, DPH, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Extension and Cropping Systems Specialist
Answer: “A multidisciplinary program isn’t really focused in any one area. Instead, the participants gain a broad-based background they can use for problem-solving today’s complex issues. We come across issues where we aren’t sure what the cause is. Having broad-based training allows us to know who to talk to and how to begin the process of finding out the answers. We are trying to take a systems approach to problem-solving by taking a look at all of the components. Asking multidisciplinary questions allows us to identify the best solution to multiple facets of the system.”